Noisewater and Soul Rebels at JAZZ IN THE PARK

We’re excited to announce that we will have the honor to open for the SOUL REBELS at JAZZ IN THE PARK, October 16th, 2016.

Jazz in the Park is New Orleans most significant weekly cultural program and it so much more than just a concert series.  Jazz in the Park also serves as an economic engine to the Treme neighborhood, through direct mentorship, we have trained 20 at-risk individuals (formerly incarcerated, unemployed, current/former public housing clients) in event production through our Production Training program (EPT). Each season, these individuals are engaged for an average of 10 hours a week at $10/hour to shadow and train under our professional event staff. Each successive season we are able to retain 60-70% of our trainees as paid event staff. A deliberate effort has been made by PUfAP to involve members of the Iberville, Lafitte, Treme and 7th Ward communities surrounding Armstrong Park, though we are open to anyone who will work hard, is a team player and is willing to learn. To date, we have successfully partnered with the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO), Urban Strategies, and their affiliates who refer individuals to us who are willing, able, and in need of training and employment.

Jazz in the Park got its start in the spring of 2012, with seven free concerts that featured the likes of Kermit Ruffins, James Andrews, Glen David Andrews, David and Russell Batiste, Allen Toussaint, Leo Nocentelli and The Meters Experience, Bo Dollis and The Wild Magnolias.  The fall 2012 series continued this tradition of incredible music and entertainment in a family-friendly, neighborhood-oriented setting with Big Sam’s Funky Nation, The Renard Poche Band, The Stooges Brass Band, Stephanie Jordan, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr., Jamal Batiste, The Soul Rebels, MyNameisJohnMichael, John Boutte, Charmaine Neville, Russell Batiste & Jason Neville, The Treme Brass Band, and Corey Henry’s Treme Funktett.  Treme Funktet’s performance produced a spontaneous and explosive collaboration onstage with James Andrews and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews that was one of the season’s highlights.

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